This polish is a metallic navy blue that never appears black, making one of my favorite nail polishes. The shade of navy blue varies depending on the lighting. It sparkles while in direct sunlight. The first coat is opaque in some places, definitely streaky. The second coat evened things out. I used two coats.
Nail tape is used as an alternative to drawing straight lines with a brush. There are bad reviews about nail tape, stating that it peels off soon after applying. It is being used to tape a design, paint overtop with nail polish, and remove the tape instead of part of your mani. I use both ways. I found that if you press down on the ends before using topcoat, it stays on longer. Tape hanging off the ends of your nails speeds up the peeling process.